News from around the Barbican

Made for the Table

Made for the Table 13 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 · Mon - Fri, 9am to 6pm Free admission The Goldsmiths’ Centre 42 Britton Street London EC1M 5AD Explore the evolution of silver tableware and dining conventions from the 1600 to today through the world-renowned silver collection of the Goldsmiths' Company. Made for the Table explores the evolution of silver tableware. Exquisite exhibits made by silversmiths over the last five centuries are brought together, to consider the influence of function on design. From candlesticks and cutlery to serving dishes, silver tableware has … [Read more...]

Oyster Celebration

Oyster Celebration Mark Hix invites you to join him and the team of HIX Oyster & Chop House to celebrate native season and the humble British oyster. To mark the occasion, they will be hosting a daytime celebration on Saturday 15th September serving British rock and native oysters for £1 paired to seasonal drinks. For the second year, Mark has teamed up with fellow oyster lovers and experts Robin Hancock (Wright Brothers) Pete Miles (Dorset Oysters) Nigel Bloxham (Crab House Cafe and Billy Winters) Tom Hayward (West Mersea Oysters) and Scotts restaurants who will be serving their … [Read more...]

Female circus performers to entertain us in Guildhall Yard

​   Performances from Upswing and Motionhouse will turn Guildhall Yard into a celebration of female circus talent on 2 and 3 August An all-female cast of talented acrobats, circus performers, gymnasts and dancers will transform the Square Mile’s Guildhall Yard into a colourful display of power and strength from 6 - 10pm on 2 and 3 August. Tying in with the 250th anniversary of the circus and a plethora of anniversaries celebrating female achievements in 2018, the free evenings of circus entertainment are part of the City of London Corporation’s ‘Women: Work and Power’ season. Women: … [Read more...]

Free Open Air Theatre near London Bridge

London’s Free Open Air Theatre returns to The Scoop at Summer by the River festival for its 15th year this summer with new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur, offering unforgettable and totally accessible experiences in the heart of the city – completely free of charge. Continuing London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season, the performances aim to give a new generation free access to the city’s finest theatrical artists, and promise an epic adventure for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Amidst iconic buildings beside the Thames, an oasis will appear each … [Read more...]

Special concert for voice and harp at Spitalfields

Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales and the Royal Wedding to deliver lunchtime concert in Spitalfields  Three of Europe’s most exciting female classical artists are to come together to deliver a concert of music for voice and harp at 1-1.50pm on 20th July. In a specially curated recital, the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Anne Denholm, who played at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just last month, will perform works by internationally-celebrated 20th and 21st-century women composers, all in the elegant surrounds of Drapers’ Hall. Denholm will be joined by … [Read more...]


Time Zone Theatre Ltd in association with the Bridewell Theatre presents OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL London’s new summer opera festival from 22nd August - 8th September  at Bridewell Theatre, City of London. For the second year, Time Zone Theatre Ltd in collaboration with the Bridewell Theatre presents Opera in the City Festival. The boutique festival focuses on rarely performed classics and new, experimental works by emerging British and international artists. This year’s highlights include the in-house season UNDERWORLD with Orpheus and Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 … [Read more...]


The Charterhouse, the historic site and museum in Charterhouse Square EC1, is continuing to build its diverse and exciting programme of workshops for families, schools and adults. New this summer is a series of art workshops for adults.  Each is run by an artist and experienced tutor, and take the Charterhouse estate, which dates back to 1348, as their starting point for each of the classes.  Catering for all levels, these workshops are a wonderful opportunity to both hone your art skills, and to be inspired by the extraordinary surroundings and history of the Charterhouse, which has been … [Read more...]

Newly opened Organic Health Spa

Organic Health Spa, 69 Old Street, EC1V 9AN - just at the top of Golden Lane - would like to welcome Barbican Life readers with 10% off all treatments (offer ends 30th September 2018). They offer traditional massage, ear candling and cupping. Simply call and book an appointment on 020 8001 7514 or visit the website at for more information. … [Read more...]

Sublimecomp opportunity for young artists

Young artists to compete to display work in new exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery Budding young artists are being offered the unique opportunity to have their work displayed in a major new exhibition, as part of a competition launched today by City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Art Gallery and the De Morgan Foundation. Sublime Symmetry uncovers the mathematical concepts, symmetrical shapes, and fantastical beasts featured in the designs of William De Morgan, the leading ceramicist of the Victorian ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. The exhibition showcases 80 his most … [Read more...]

CULT COLLABORATION for Clerkenwell Design Week

CULT COLLABORATION for Clerkenwell Design Week Fringe Festival 2018: For Clerkenwell Design Week, CULT VISION COLLABORATIONS present their bespoke programmable furniture. Conceived by CULT VISION founder Panos Nicolaou, designed and built by Peter Cathersides and enhanced with built-in tech by Justin Nowell. The programmable eyewear displays on show at the CULT VISION store are fun and can be easily adapted to serve other commercial or home uses. This is the first of several planned collaborations, and the team are on hand to meet and talk with visitors and potential clients about their … [Read more...]